With a lack of enthusiasm for geriatric President Joe Biden likely giving Democrat strategists the heebie-jeebies over next year’s election, there is a quiet hope that the party’s base would be motivated by the presence of a great Satan on the ballot and left-wing pundit Jonathan Capehart let the cat out of the bag that former President Donald J. Trump is the preferred Republican candidate to run against.
Capehart, the longtime Washington Post columnist who also hosts a weekly show on MSNBC, joined co-host Amna Nawaz on Friday’s edition of “PBS NewsHour” to discuss the latest political developments as the GOP primary field begins to fill up with likely more than a dozen candidates hoping to knock Trump, the current frontrunner, off the top of the hill and punch their ticket for next year’s matchup with Biden.
“I think Democrats are still champing at the bit to run against Donald Trump again,” Capehart said.
“I think the president is clear-eyed and focused that, no matter who his Republican challenger is going to be, probably former President Donald Trump, the mission is to remind people about who we are as Americans and what we stand for as Americans, no matter we’re Republican or Democrat, but we stand for the rule of law,” he said.
“We stand for treating each other with respect and kindness and dignity and respect the freedom and liberty of all of us. And I think as long as he stays on that message, no matter who he’s running against, he stands a better chance of being reelected,” Capehart added.
Biden has gotten great mileage off of the constant demonizing of Trump and his supporters and the ex-POTUS is viewed as toxic to millions of low-information types who get their news exclusively from the polluted mainstream sources of cable and network television as well as the remnants of the once-proud American newspaper industry, the same gullible voters who were bamboozled by the cynical career politician’s insistence that his calming influence as a “moderate” was proof that he was the right man at the right time for the job, brazen lies that are are now obvious from his record of governance.
Could it work again? That’s what Democrats and their media minions are clearly hoping for and as social philosopher Eric Hofer famously wrote in “The True Believer” which would be his seminal work on mass movements and totalitarianism, “Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil,” and Trump has been perfectly painted up to be that devil.
Combine the effectiveness of propaganda with the dismal intellect of fence-sitting swing voters and it’s easy to see why Capehart said the quiet part out loud and that nothing would please Democrats more than a rematch with Trump.
Any hope of Trump’s candidacy making it easier for Democrats to retain control over the White House should come with the huge caveat of 2016, an election that was almost unanimously believed would be easily won by the heavily-favored Hillary Clinton who was perceived to be invincible before the bombastic billionaire businessman and political newcomer successfully appealed to enough angry voters to spring the political upset of the century.
As the old saying goes, be careful of what you wish for because you just might get it.
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